The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu organised a two days national convention at Anambra state, to look into the issues surrounding the agitation for Biafra restoration, at this time when the group is preparing for referendum to ascertain the stand of the people either for or against the agitation for Biafra exit from the contraption Nigeria.

The national IPOB organised convention which took place at Okija in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state was largely attended by hundreds of thousands of IPOB members and principal officers from within and across Biafra land.

Mazi George Onyibe the IPOB Africa representative and the interim Biafra land national coordinator anchored the program which commenced on Tuesday 21, August 2018 to Thursday 23, August 2018. 

The state coordinators of Ebonyi Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya, his Enugu state counterpart Mazi Ikechukwu Egbo Nwodo, The Abia state coordinator Mazi Ikechukwu Onuora, and many other States coordinators, deputy coordinators, regional coordinators, senatorial district coordinators, Local government area coordinators including many zonal and unit coordinators both in Biafra land and beyond were in attendance.

The two days summit and convention of IPOB at Anambra focused on the best ways of achieving the plans of the group in the area of referendum condition, which according to Mazi George Onyibe will be coming up as soon as the needed facilities and equipment are properly put in place.

The convention had lectures on the nature of referendum to conduct depending on the season and the environment, expert in the convention took time to educate the participants on this.

Mazi George Onyibe while delivering his lecture on the structure of IPOB, analyzed the laid down structures from the highest command down to family units, their functions and limitations was equally treated to avoid violation of protocols. He further stated that "This is important because as we are about to enter into Biafra which is our last hope, there is a need to prepare ourselves in all ramifications because we’re special people with lots of expectations by many in the continent of Africa" 

Many participants who spoke with the media personnel on duty during the convention and summit expressed their joy to have participated in the wonderful summit. According to Mazi Nmadu ka Nmadu, a member of IPOB in Aba province and one of the participants in summit, said "This is a welcomed development, it shows that IPOB worldwide led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is determined to restore Biafra despite the plight and all manner of unspeakable degradations the Nigeria government subjected we Biafrans into"

On his own side, Mazi Emeka Mbamaram, one of the senatorial district coordinator in Igweocha,  condemned the continuous incarceration  and subjugations meted on Biafrans by the Nigeria government and her foreign allies, "This is very unfortunate and unacceptable, it is high time the world rise up to their responsibilities thereby condemning this barbaric act of injustice by the Nigeria government, few hours from now it will be one week that our women were held and detained in Imo state police net, because they came out to protest this injustice and ask for the way about of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the supreme leader of IPOB, yet the world remained silent and maintained unhealthy muteness over this mayhem".

Recall that the supreme leader of IPOB on the 14 September, 2017 was attacked by the Nigeria army in his father's palace at Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia Abia state, following operation Python dance 11 lunched by the Nigeria army to curb the legal activities of IPOB. 

Since after the military attack, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents were nowhere to be found, the group has not equally relented in demanding for the way about of her leader both on media and street peaceful protest.

Some of the event participants who also spoke with the media concluded that the only compensation for all the atrocities committed against Biafrans by the Nigeria government is to pave way for the total exit of Biafra as a sovereign nation. 

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
For: Ebonyi State Media.

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